Celebration of beauty of mathematics inspires Chelsea garden


A show garden celebrating the beauty to be found in the mathematics and algorithms which underpin all plants, growth and life, is the theme for designer and horticulturalist, Nick Bailey’s garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016.

side-150408_541Nick, (pictured left) who is the head gardener at Chelsea Physic Garden, is designing the garden for sponsors Winton Capital, a global investment manager with expertise in financial mathematics and empirical scientific research into financial markets.

The garden features a flowing copper band, etched with plant growth algorithms to represent an emerging seedling. The garden will be planted with plants of the southern hemisphere and Mediterranean, many of which display mathematical patterns in their showy forms.

Delicate leaves and wiry forms will feature in the design and of particular significance will be species such as Aloe polyphylla, pines and plants in the Asteracea family, all of which display mathematical patterns in their forms.

Foliage tones will include copper, pale-blue and silver repeating through the garden. Purple and violet flowered perennials feature heavily in the garden complemented with chartreuse, muddy-red, silver and white.
Photo credit: Picture of Nick Bailey © credit- Jonathan Buckley
Garden plan © Nick Bailey